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Fifth Sunday after Easter

1st Reading : Acts 13:26-40

26 Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent. 

27 For those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled them in condemning Him. 

28 And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. 

29 Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. 

30 But God raised Him from the dead. 

31 He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people. 

32And we declare to you glad tidings–that promise which was made to the fathers.

33 God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’ 

34And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.’ 

35 Therefore He also says in another Psalm: ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’ 

36 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; 

37 but He whom God raised up saw no corruption. 

38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 

39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

40 Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you.

2nd Reading : Colossians 1:21-29

21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 

22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight– 

23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. 

24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 

25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 

26the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 

27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 

29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Gospel – Luke 9:51-62

51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 

52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 

53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. 

54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 

55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 

56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village. 

57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” 

58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 

59Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” 

61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” 

62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

الأحد الخامس بعد عيد القيامة المجيد

القرائة الأولى : أعمال 13: 26 – 40

26 «أَيُّهَا الرِّجَالُ الإِخْوَةُ بَنِي جِنْسِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَالَّذِينَ بَيْنَكُمْ يَتَّقُونَ اللهَ، إِلَيْكُمْ أُرْسِلَتْ كَلِمَةُ هذَا الْخَلاَصِ.

27 لأَنَّ السَّاكِنِينَ فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ وَرُؤَسَاءَهُمْ لَمْ يَعْرِفُوا هذَا. وَأَقْوَالُ الأَنْبِيَاءِ الَّتِي تُقْرَأُ كُلَّ سَبْتٍ تَمَّمُوهَا، إِذْ حَكَمُوا عَلَيْهِ.

28 وَمَعْ أَنَّهُمْ لَمْ يَجِدُوا عِلَّةً وَاحِدَةً لِلْمَوْتِ طَلَبُوا مِنْ بِيلاَطُسَ أَنْ يُقْتَلَ.

29 وَلَمَّا تَمَّمُوا كُلَّ مَا كُتِبَ عَنْهُ، أَنْزَلُوهُ عَنِ الْخَشَبَةِ وَوَضَعُوهُ فِي قَبْرٍ.

30 وَلكِنَّ اللهَ أَقَامَهُ مِنَ الأَمْوَاتِ.

31 وَظَهَرَ أَيَّامًا كَثِيرَةً لِلَّذِينَ صَعِدُوا مَعَهُ مِنَ الْجَلِيلِ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ، الَّذِينَ هُمْ شُهُودُهُ عِنْدَ الشَّعْبِ.

32 وَنَحْنُ نُبَشِّرُكُمْ بِالْمَوْعِدِ الَّذِي صَارَ لآبَائِنَا،

33 إِنَّ اللهَ قَدْ أَكْمَلَ هذَا لَنَا نَحْنُ أَوْلاَدَهُمْ، إِذْ أَقَامَ يَسُوعَ كَمَا هُوَ مَكْتُوبٌ أَيْضًا فِي الْمَزْمُورِ الثَّانِي: أَنْتَ ابْنِي أَنَا الْيَوْمَ وَلَدْتُكَ.

34 إِنَّهُ أَقَامَهُ مِنَ الأَمْوَاتِ، غَيْرَ عَتِيدٍ أَنْ يَعُودَ أَيْضًا إِلَى فَسَادٍ، فَهكَذَا قَالَ: إِنِّي سَأُعْطِيكُمْ مَرَاحِمَ دَاوُدَ الصَّادِقَةَ.

35 وَلِذلِكَ قَالَ أَيْضًا فِي مَزْمُورٍ آخَرَ:لَنْ تَدَعَ قُدُّوسَكَ يَرَى فَسَادًا.

36 لأَنَّ دَاوُدَ بَعْدَ مَا خَدَمَ جِيلَهُ بِمَشُورَةِ اللهِ، رَقَدَ وَانْضَمَّ إِلَى آبَائِهِ، وَرَأَى فَسَادًا.

37 وَأَمَّا الَّذِي أَقَامَهُ اللهُ فَلَمْ يَرَ فَسَادًا.

38 فَلْيَكُنْ مَعْلُومًا عِنْدَكُمْ أَيُّهَا الرِّجَالُ الإِخْوَةُ، أَنَّهُ بِهذَا يُنَادَى لَكُمْ بِغُفْرَانِ الْخَطَايَا،

39 وَبِهذَا يَتَبَرَّرُ كُلُّ مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ مِنْ كُلِّ مَا لَمْ تَقْدِرُوا أَنْ تَتَبَرَّرُوا مِنْهُ بِنَامُوسِ مُوسَى.

40 فَانْظُرُوا لِئَلاَّ يَأْتِيَ عَلَيْكُمْ مَا قِيلَ فِي الأَنْبِيَاءِ:

القرائة الثانية : كولوسي 1: 21 – 29

21 وَأَنْتُمُ الَّذِينَ كُنْتُمْ قَبْلاً أَجْنَبِيِّينَ وَأَعْدَاءً فِي الْفِكْرِ، فِي الأَعْمَالِ الشِّرِّيرَةِ، قَدْ صَالَحَكُمُ الآنَ

22 فِي جِسْمِ بَشَرِيَّتِهِ بِالْمَوْتِ، لِيُحْضِرَكُمْ قِدِّيسِينَ وَبِلاَ لَوْمٍ وَلاَ شَكْوَى أَمَامَهُ،

23 إِنْ ثَبَتُّمْ عَلَى الإِيمَانِ، مُتَأَسِّسِينَ وَرَاسِخِينَ وَغَيْرَ مُنْتَقِلِينَ عَنْ رَجَاءِ الإِنْجِيلِ، الَّذِي سَمِعْتُمُوهُ، الْمَكْرُوزِ بِهِ فِي كُلِّ الْخَلِيقَةِ الَّتِي تَحْتَ السَّمَاءِ، الَّذِي صِرْتُ أَنَا بُولُسَ خَادِمًا لَهُ.

24 الَّذِي الآنَ أَفْرَحُ فِي آلاَمِي لأَجْلِكُمْ، وَأُكَمِّلُ نَقَائِصَ شَدَائِدِ الْمَسِيحِ فِي جِسْمِي لأَجْلِ جَسَدِهِ، الَّذِي هُوَ الْكَنِيسَةُ،

25 الَّتِي صِرْتُ أَنَا خَادِمًا لَهَا، حَسَبَ تَدْبِيرِ اللهِ الْمُعْطَى لِي لأَجْلِكُمْ، لِتَتْمِيمِ كَلِمَةِ اللهِ.

26 السِّرِّ الْمَكْتُومِ مُنْذُ الدُّهُورِ وَمُنْذُ الأَجْيَالِ، لكِنَّهُ الآنَ قَدْ أُظْهِرَ لِقِدِّيسِيهِ،

27 الَّذِينَ أَرَادَ اللهُ أَنْ يُعَرِّفَهُمْ مَا هُوَ غِنَى مَجْدِ هذَا السِّرِّ فِي الأُمَمِ، الَّذِي هُوَ الْمَسِيحُ فِيكُمْ رَجَاءُ الْمَجْدِ.

28 الَّذِي نُنَادِي بِهِ مُنْذِرِينَ كُلَّ إِنْسَانٍ، وَمُعَلِّمِينَ كُلَّ إِنْسَانٍ، بِكُلِّ حِكْمَةٍ، لِكَيْ نُحْضِرَ كُلَّ إِنْسَانٍ كَامِلاً فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ.

29 الأَمْرُ الَّذِي لأَجْلِهِ أَتْعَبُ أَيْضًا مُجَاهِدًا، بِحَسَبِ عَمَلِهِ الَّذِي يَعْمَلُ فِيَّ بِقُوَّةٍ.

قرائة الأنجيل : لوقا 9 : 51 – 62

51 وَحِينَ تَمَّتِ الأَيَّامُ لارْتِفَاعِهِ ثَبَّتَ وَجْهَهُ لِيَنْطَلِقَ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ،

52 وَأَرْسَلَ أَمَامَ وَجْهِهِ رُسُلاً، فَذَهَبُوا وَدَخَلُوا قَرْيَةً لِلسَّامِرِيِّينَ حَتَّى يُعِدُّوا لَهُ.

53 فَلَمْ يَقْبَلُوهُ لأَنَّ وَجْهَهُ كَانَ مُتَّجِهًا نَحْوَ أُورُشَلِيمَ.

54 فَلَمَّا رَأَى ذلِكَ تِلْمِيذَاهُ يَعْقُوبُ وَيُوحَنَّا، قَالاَ: «يَا رَبُّ، أَتُرِيدُ أَنْ نَقُولَ أَنْ تَنْزِلَ نَارٌ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ فَتُفْنِيَهُمْ، كَمَا فَعَلَ إِيلِيَّا أَيْضًا؟»

55 فَالْتَفَتَ وَانْتَهَرَهُمَا وَقَالَ: «لَسْتُمَا تَعْلَمَانِ مِنْ أَيِّ رُوحٍ أَنْتُمَا!

56 لأَنَّ ابْنَ الإِنْسَانِ لَمْ يَأْتِ لِيُهْلِكَ أَنْفُسَ النَّاسِ، بَلْ لِيُخَلِّصَ». فَمَضَوْا إِلَى قَرْيَةٍ أُخْرَى.

57 وَفِيمَا هُمْ سَائِرُونَ فِي الطَّرِيقِ قَالَ لَهُ وَاحِدٌ: «يَا سَيِّدُ، أَتْبَعُكَ أَيْنَمَا تَمْضِي».

58 فَقَالَ لَهُ يَسُوعُ: «لِلثَّعَالِبِ أَوْجِرَةٌ، وَلِطُيُورِ السَّمَاءِ أَوْكَارٌ، وَأَمَّا ابْنُ الإِنْسَانِ فَلَيْسَ لَهُ أَيْنَ يُسْنِدُ رَأْسَهُ».

59 وَقَالَ لآخَرَ: «اتْبَعْنِي». فَقَالَ: «يَا سَيِّدُ، ائْذَنْ لِي أَنْ أَمْضِيَ أَوَّلاً وَأَدْفِنَ أَبِي».

60 فَقَالَ لَهُ يَسُوعُ: «دَعِ الْمَوْتَى يَدْفِنُونَ مَوْتَاهُمْ، وَأَمَّا أَنْتَ فَاذْهَبْ وَنَادِ بِمَلَكُوتِ اللهِ».

61 وَقَالَ آخَرُ أَيْضًا: «أَتْبَعُكَ يَا سَيِّدُ، وَلكِنِ ائْذَنْ لِي أَوَّلاً أَنْ أُوَدِّعَ الَّذِينَ فِي بَيْتِي».

62 فَقَالَ لَهُ يَسُوعُ: «لَيْسَ أَحَدٌ يَضَعُ يَدَهُ عَلَى الْمِحْرَاثِ وَيَنْظُرُ إِلَى الْوَرَاءِ يَصْلُحُ لِمَلَكُوتِ اللهِ».

05 May 2018

Sunday Scripture Readings 5/6/18

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Fourth Sunday after Easter

1st. Reading: Acts 16:16-34

16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 

17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 

18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. 

19But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.

20 And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; 

21 and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” 

22 Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. 

23 And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. 

24 Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 

25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 

26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 

28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” 

29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 

30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 

31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 

32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 

33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 

34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

2nd.Reading : Ephesians 2:4-18

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 

5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 

6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 

9not of works, lest anyone should boast. 

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. 

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh–who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands– 

12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,

15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 

16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 

17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 

18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Gospel: John 3: 11-21

 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 

12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 

13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 

15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 

16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 

18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 

20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 

21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

القرائة الأولى : أعمال 16 : 16 – 34

  16 وَحَدَثَ بَيْنَمَا كُنَّا ذَاهِبِينَ إِلَى الصَّلاَةِ، أَنَّ جَارِيَةً بِهَا رُوحُ عِرَافَةٍ اسْتَقْبَلَتْنَا. وَكَانَتْ تُكْسِبُ مَوَالِيَهَا مَكْسَبًا كَثِيرًا بِعِرَافَتِهَا.

17 هذِهِ اتَّبَعَتْ بُولُسَ وَإِيَّانَا وَصَرَخَتْ قَائِلَةً: «هؤُلاَءِ النَّاسُ هُمْ عَبِيدُ اللهِ الْعَلِيِّ، الَّذِينَ يُنَادُونَ لَكُمْ بِطَرِيقِ الْخَلاَصِ».

18 وَكَانَتْ تَفْعَلُ هذَا أَيَّامًا كَثِيرَةً. فَضَجِرَ بُولُسُ وَالْتَفَتَ إِلَى الرُّوحِ وَقَالَ: «أَنَا آمُرُكَ بِاسْمِ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ أَنْ تَخْرُجَ مِنْهَا!». فَخَرَجَ فِي تِلْكَ السَّاعَةِ.

19 فَلَمَّا رَأَى مَوَالِيهَا أَنَّهُ قَدْ خَرَجَ رَجَاءُ مَكْسَبِهِمْ، أَمْسَكُوا بُولُسَ وَسِيلاَ وَجَرُّوهُمَا إِلَى السُّوقِ إِلَى الْحُكَّامِ.

20 وَإِذْ أَتَوْا بِهِمَا إِلَى الْوُلاَةِ، قَالُوا: «هذَانِ الرَّجُلاَنِ يُبَلْبِلاَنِ مَدِينَتَنَا، وَهُمَا يَهُودِيَّانِ،

21 وَيُنَادِيَانِ بِعَوَائِدَ لاَ يَجُوزُ لَنَا أَنْ نَقْبَلَهَا وَلاَ نَعْمَلَ بِهَا، إِذْ نَحْنُ رُومَانِيُّونَ».

22 فَقَامَ الْجَمْعُ مَعًا عَلَيْهِمَا، وَمَزَّقَ الْوُلاَةُ ثِيَابَهُمَا وَأَمَرُوا أَنْ يُضْرَبَا بِالْعِصِيِّ.

23 فَوَضَعُوا عَلَيْهِمَا ضَرَبَاتٍ كَثِيرَةً وَأَلْقُوهُمَا فِي السِّجْنِ، وَأَوْصَوْا حَافِظَ السِّجْنِ أَنْ يَحْرُسَهُمَا بِضَبْطٍ.

24 وَهُوَ إِذْ أَخَذَ وَصِيَّةً مِثْلَ هذِهِ، أَلْقَاهُمَا فِي السِّجْنِ الدَّاخِلِيِّ، وَضَبَطَ أَرْجُلَهُمَا فِي الْمِقْطَرَةِ.

25 وَنَحْوَ نِصْفِ اللَّيْلِ كَانَ بُولُسُ وَسِيلاَ يُصَلِّيَانِ وَيُسَبِّحَانِ اللهَ، وَالْمَسْجُونُونَ يَسْمَعُونَهُمَا.

26 فَحَدَثَ بَغْتَةً زَلْزَلَةٌ عَظِيمَةٌ حَتَّى تَزَعْزَعَتْ أَسَاسَاتُ السِّجْنِ، فَانْفَتَحَتْ فِي الْحَالِ الأَبْوَابُ كُلُّهَا، وَانْفَكَّتْ قُيُودُ الْجَمِيعِ.

27 وَلَمَّا اسْتَيْقَظَ حَافِظُ السِّجْنِ، وَرَأَى أَبْوَابَ السِّجْنِ مَفْتُوحَةً، اسْتَلَّ سَيْفَهُ وَكَانَ مُزْمِعًا أَنْ يَقْتُلَ نَفْسَهُ، ظَانًّا أَنَّ الْمَسْجُونِينَ قَدْ هَرَبُوا.

28 فَنَادَى بُولُسُ بِصَوْتٍ عَظِيمٍ قَائِلاً: «لاَ تَفْعَلْ بِنَفْسِكَ شَيْئًا رَدِيًّا! لأَنَّ جَمِيعَنَا ههُنَا! ».

29 فَطَلَبَ ضَوْءًا وَانْدَفَعَ إِلَى دَاخِل، وَخَرَّ لِبُولُسَ وَسِيلاَ وَهُوَ مُرْتَعِدٌ،

30 ثُمَّ أَخْرَجَهُمَا وَقَالَ: «يَا سَيِّدَيَّ، مَاذَا يَنْبَغِي أَنْ أَفْعَلَ لِكَيْ أَخْلُصَ؟»

31 فَقَالاَ: «آمِنْ بِالرَّبِّ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ فَتَخْلُصَ أَنْتَ وَأَهْلُ بَيْتِكَ».

32 وَكَلَّمَاهُ وَجَمِيعَ مَنْ فِي بَيْتِهِ بِكَلِمَةِ الرَّبِّ.

33 فَأَخَذَهُمَا فِي تِلْكَ السَّاعَةِ مِنَ اللَّيْلِ وَغَسَّلَهُمَا مِنَ الْجِرَاحَاتِ، وَاعْتَمَدَ فِي الْحَالِ هُوَ وَالَّذِينَ لَهُ أَجْمَعُونَ.

34 وَلَمَّا أَصْعَدَهُمَا إِلَى بَيْتِهِ قَدَّمَ لَهُمَا مَائِدَةً، وَتَهَلَّلَ مَعَ جَمِيعِ بَيْتِهِ إِذْ كَانَ قَدْ آمَنَ بِاللهِ.

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4 اَللهُ الَّذِي هُوَ غَنِيٌّ فِي الرَّحْمَةِ، مِنْ أَجْلِ مَحَبَّتِهِ الْكَثِيرَةِ الَّتِي أَحَبَّنَا بِهَا،

5 وَنَحْنُ أَمْوَاتٌ بِالْخَطَايَا أَحْيَانَا مَعَ الْمَسِيحِ ­ بِالنِّعْمَةِ أَنْتُمْ مُخَلَّصُونَ ­

6 وَأَقَامَنَا مَعَهُ، وَأَجْلَسَنَا مَعَهُ فِي السَّمَاوِيَّاتِ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ،

7 لِيُظْهِرَ فِي الدُّهُورِ الآتِيَةِ غِنَى نِعْمَتِهِ الْفَائِقَ، بِاللُّطْفِ عَلَيْنَا فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ.

8 لأَنَّكُمْ بِالنِّعْمَةِ مُخَلَّصُونَ، بِالإِيمَانِ، وَذلِكَ لَيْسَ مِنْكُمْ. هُوَ عَطِيَّةُ اللهِ.

9 لَيْسَ مِنْ أَعْمَال كَيْلاَ يَفْتَخِرَ أَحَدٌ.

10 لأَنَّنَا نَحْنُ عَمَلُهُ، مَخْلُوقِينَ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ لأَعْمَال صَالِحَةٍ، قَدْ سَبَقَ اللهُ فَأَعَدَّهَا لِكَيْ نَسْلُكَ فِيهَا.

11 لِذلِكَ اذْكُرُوا أَنَّكُمْ أَنْتُمُ الأُمَمُ قَبْلاً فِي الْجَسَدِ، الْمَدْعُوِّينَ غُرْلَةً مِنَ الْمَدْعُوِّ خِتَانًا مَصْنُوعًا بِالْيَدِ فِي الْجَسَدِ،

12 أَنَّكُمْ كُنْتُمْ فِي ذلِكَ الْوَقْتِ بِدُونِ مَسِيحٍ، أَجْنَبِيِّينَ عَنْ رَعَوِيَّةِ إِسْرَائِيلَ، وَغُرَبَاءَ عَنْ عُهُودِ الْمَوْعِدِ، لاَ رَجَاءَ لَكُمْ، وَبِلاَ إِلهٍ فِي الْعَالَمِ.

13 وَلكِنِ الآنَ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ، أَنْتُمُ الَّذِينَ كُنْتُمْ قَبْلاً بَعِيدِينَ، صِرْتُمْ قَرِيبِينَ بِدَمِ الْمَسِيحِ.

14 لأَنَّهُ هُوَ سَلاَمُنَا، الَّذِي جَعَلَ الاثْنَيْنِ وَاحِدًا، وَنَقَضَ حَائِطَ السِّيَاجِ الْمُتَوَسِّطَ

15 أَيِ الْعَدَاوَةَ. مُبْطِلاً بِجَسَدِهِ نَامُوسَ الْوَصَايَا فِي فَرَائِضَ، لِكَيْ يَخْلُقَ الاثْنَيْنِ فِي نَفْسِهِ إِنْسَانًا وَاحِدًا جَدِيدًا، صَانِعًا سَلاَمًا،

16 وَيُصَالِحَ الاثْنَيْنِ فِي جَسَدٍ وَاحِدٍ مَعَ اللهِ بِالصَّلِيبِ، قَاتِلاً الْعَدَاوَةَ بِهِ.

17 فَجَاءَ وَبَشَّرَكُمْ بِسَلاَمٍ، أَنْتُمُ الْبَعِيدِينَ وَالْقَرِيبِينَ.

18 لأَنَّ بِهِ لَنَا كِلَيْنَا قُدُومًا فِي رُوحٍ وَاحِدٍ إِلَى الآبِ.

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11 اَلْحَقَّ الْحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكَ: إِنَّنَا إِنَّمَا نَتَكَلَّمُ بِمَا نَعْلَمُ وَنَشْهَدُ بِمَا رَأَيْنَا، وَلَسْتُمْ تَقْبَلُونَ شَهَادَتَنَا.

12 إِنْ كُنْتُ قُلْتُ لَكُمُ الأَرْضِيَّاتِ وَلَسْتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ، فَكَيْفَ تُؤْمِنُونَ إِنْ قُلْتُ لَكُمُ السَّمَاوِيَّاتِ؟

13 وَلَيْسَ أَحَدٌ صَعِدَ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ إِلاَّ الَّذِي نَزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ، ابْنُ الإِنْسَانِ الَّذِي هُوَ فِي السَّمَاءِ.

14 «وَكَمَا رَفَعَ مُوسَى الْحَيَّةَ فِي الْبَرِّيَّةِ هكَذَا يَنْبَغِي أَنْ يُرْفَعَ ابْنُ الإِنْسَانِ،

15 لِكَيْ لاَ يَهْلِكَ كُلُّ مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ بِهِ بَلْ تَكُونُ لَهُ الْحَيَاةُ الأَبَدِيَّةُ.

16 لأَنَّهُ هكَذَا أَحَبَّ اللهُ الْعَالَمَ حَتَّى بَذَلَ ابْنَهُ الْوَحِيدَ، لِكَيْ لاَ يَهْلِكَ كُلُّ مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ بِهِ، بَلْ تَكُونُ لَهُ الْحَيَاةُ الأَبَدِيَّةُ.

17 لأَنَّهُ لَمْ يُرْسِلِ اللهُ ابْنَهُ إِلَى الْعَالَمِ لِيَدِينَ الْعَالَمَ، بَلْ لِيَخْلُصَ بِهِ الْعَالَمُ.

18 اَلَّذِي يُؤْمِنُ بِهِ لاَ يُدَانُ، وَالَّذِي لاَ يُؤْمِنُ قَدْ دِينَ، لأَنَّهُ لَمْ يُؤْمِنْ بِاسْمِ ابْنِ اللهِ الْوَحِيدِ.

19 وَهذِهِ هِيَ الدَّيْنُونَةُ: إِنَّ النُّورَ قَدْ جَاءَ إِلَى الْعَالَمِ، وَأَحَبَّ النَّاسُ الظُّلْمَةَ أَكْثَرَ مِنَ النُّورِ، لأَنَّ أَعْمَالَهُمْ كَانَتْ شِرِّيرَةً.

20 لأَنَّ كُلَّ مَنْ يَعْمَلُ السَّيِّآتِ يُبْغِضُ النُّورَ، وَلاَ يَأْتِي إِلَى النُّورِ لِئَلاَّ تُوَبَّخَ أَعْمَالُهُ.

21 وَأَمَّا مَنْ يَفْعَلُ الْحَقَّ فَيُقْبِلُ إِلَى النُّورِ، لِكَيْ تَظْهَرَ أَعْمَالُهُ أَنَّهَا بِاللهِ مَعْمُولَةٌ».

Sayings of the Saints

Lord Jesus… I meditate on you crucified and my heart is as stone, what is this spiritual dryness? Lord, fill me with a spring of tears… My Lord strike the stone and it will pour out tears
ربى يسوع.. إني أتأملك مصلوبا و قلبي كالصخر، ما هذا الجفاف الروحي؟ يارب أفض فيّ ينبوع دموع.. يا ربي يسوع اضرب الصخرة فتفيض دموعــــا

— The Late V. Rev. Heg. Pishoy Kamel أبونا بيشوي كامل
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